Ji-Yeon Jo publishes new book

December 13, 2017

Associate Professor of Asian Studies Ji-Yeon Jo has published a new book, titled Homing: An Affective Topography of Ethnic Korean Return Migration (University of Hawaii Press, 2017). From the press’s description of the book, found here, we learn that:

“Homing investigates the experiences of legacy migrants—later-generation diaspora Koreans who ‘return’ to South Korea—from China, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the United States. Unlike their parents or grandparents, they have no firsthand experience of their ancestral homeland. They inherited an imagined homeland through memories, stories, pictures, and traditions passed down by family and community, or through images disseminated by the media. When diaspora Koreans migrate to South Korea, they confront far more than a new living situation: they must navigate their own shifting emotions as their expectations for their new homeland—and its expectations of them—confront reality. Everyday experiences and social encounters—whether welcoming or humiliating—all contribute to their sense of belonging in the South.”

The book is available in both hardback and ebook editions. Congratulations Dr. Jo!

Shahla Adel publishes essay

December 1, 2017

blogIn this essay, Adel argues that designing suitable textbooks is a crucial part of language learning and teaching, and that effective textbooks are developed by incorporating sound principles and theories of second language acquisition into material design within the field of Applied Linguistics.  In other words, it is important that the two aspects of practical undertaking and the theoretical studies inform and are informed by the actual development and use of learning materials, so that the materials teachers use in the classroom are principled and effective.

Shahla Adel presents study at the ACTFL Convention

December 1, 2017

At the ACTFL 2017 Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Shahla Adel presented an unprecedented study where she compared the Language Learning Strategies of Heritage and Non-Heritage Learners of Persian and Arabic. Learning strategies are specific actions taken by the learner to make learning easier, faster, more enjoyable, more self-directed, more effective and more transferable to new situations. Significance of this study was that no one had previously compared the language learning strategies across these two languages.

Persian Studies Program takes students to the Ackland Museum

December 1, 2017

Shahla Adel took her students to the Ackland Museum for a tour based on the intersection of language and culture in Persian art objects using a collection of pieces. The tour was led by the museum‘s Object-Based Teaching Fellow, providing an opportunity for the students to engage in examining miniature paintings, calligraphy, manuscript pages as well as an inscribed helmet and ancient pottery in several galleries of the museum.

Persian Studies Cinema Students Make and Screen Films for the Public

December 1, 2017

As part of the EE course requirement and grade, Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi’s “ASIA 124: Iranian Post-1979 Cinema” students made 8-minute films related to the themes of the class with an original idea of theirs. Students received guidance from both Dr. Yaghoobi and the course GRC, Che Sokol. The campus and public community was invited on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5, 2017 at 12:30 pm to a public screening and Q&A of the student films.

Moroccan Language & Culture Here at UNC

December 1, 2017

Are you interested in learning about Moroccan Languages and Cultures? The Arabic Program organizes a Moroccan Table every Thursday from 2-3pm at the Kitchen of New West Bldg. (2nd Floor). Students have a chance to learn the Moroccan Arabic Variety and explore the different aspects of the Moroccan culture. The table is open to students from all disciplines and to all levels. For more information about the table, you may contact Prof. Shahu (kshahu1971@unc.edu). If you are willing to join, but the time is not convenient for you, let him know so that he can figure out a time that works for everybody.

The Language of Refugeeism

December 1, 2017

Teaching Assistant Professor of Arabic Bud Kauffman is teaching a new Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) course entitled “The Language of Refugeeism”. Throughout the semester, students have studied and discussed various aspects of the refugee experience through the lens of historical perspectives and contemporary media resources. The materials introduce topics including historical refugee incidents, causes and effects of the current refugee crisis, and challenges that refugees face related to physical and psychological trauma, educational and professional opportunities, and the politics of refugee resettlement.

Jan Bardsley gives lectures

December 1, 2017

Jan Bardsley gave invited lectures this fall in New York at Siena College and the Wang Center, SUNY Stony Brook: “Millennial Maiko: The Geisha Apprentice in Japanese Popular Culture.” Last spring she spoke at University of Oregon, SUNY Fashion Institute for Technology, and Durham Tech, and presented “Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Cold War Japan” at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo in June.

Pamela Lothspeich receives Research Fellowship from American Institute of Indian Studies

September 1, 2017

Associate Professor Pamela Lothspeich has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This fellowship will allow her to spend the fall semester in India to work on her book on the Ramlila theatrical tradition in North India.  Dr. Lothspeich regularly teaches a course on the Ramayana in which she incorporates this research.

Artwork of students showcased at the Ackland Art Museum

August 1, 2017

Students in Assistant Professor Claudia Yaghoobi’s first-year seminar, “Wars and Veterans: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” were asked to create a virtual exhibition on war and veterans with the help of staff from the Ackland Art Museum.  Their work, which was based on their perceptions after taking the course, was on display in the Maker Space at the Ackland on May 3.